cattle-killing, noun

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The cattle-killing: The systematic destruction of cattle by the Xhosa during 1857, following the visions and prophecies of a young girl, Nongqawuse, in the belief that their ancestors would arise and a new millenium would dawn; National Suicide. Also attributive.
1858 in J.B. Peires Dead Will Arise (1989) 234The cattle-killing was got up to deprive the people of property that required so many to look after, the people would go more free to fight.
1867 C. Brownlee in J.B. Peires Dead Will Arise (1989) 212I freely admit that during the disorders and excitement attending the cattle killing we did many things which would not be justifiable under ordinary circumstances.
1877 J. Noble S. Afr. 217Unexpected events: — the Cattle-Killing Delusion.
1909 C.D. Hope Our Place in Hist. 163The real power of the clan system was broken by the failure of the cattle killing in 1857.
1916 C. Brownlee in J.B. Peires Dead Will Arise (1989) 156I came to save Sandile, and those who had gone into the cattle-killing movement. I have failed.
c1935 M. Andrews Story of S. Afr. 36As the natives recovered from the cattle-killing tragedy and their numbers increased, they needed more land.
1971 J. Meintjes Sandile 245This then was the beginning of the great cattle-killing delusion, the most fantastic occurrence during the reign of Sir George Grey..and also the strangest in South African history.
1980 D.B. Coplan Urbanization of African Performing Arts. 77Successive Xhosa defeats and mounting land pressure from European encroachment led to a nativistic movement..in which thousands of traditional pastoralists slaughtered their cattle and planted no crops in expectation that their ancestors could be moved to drive the Whites from their country. When this ‘cattle killing’ led to famine instead, the power of traditional political authorities disintegrated.
1989 J.B. Peires Dead Will Arise 138The Xhosa Cattle-Killing movement, suggested in the first instance by the lungsickness epidemic of 1853, tapped a deep-seated emotional and spiritual malaise resulting from material deprivation and military defeat.
1989 B. Maclennan in ADA No.7, 57Peires effectively destroys the myths that the Cattle Killing was a plot by the Chiefs to bring about war with the colony, or was directly initiated by Grey in order to destroy the Xhosa nation.
The systematic destruction of cattle by the Xhosa during 1857, following the visions and prophecies of a young girl, Nongqawuse, in the belief that their ancestors would arise and a new millenium would dawn; National Suicide. Also attributive.
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